Far more than a mere symbol of Belgium's return to Antarctica, the Princess Elisabeth Station is first and foremost an Antarctic research station. As such, it welcomes scientists from everywhere around the globe to conduct scientific research in the Sør Rondanes. For this year, besides the JARE 51 program, the station has welcomed:
Elie Verleyen (University of Ghent), and Steve Roberts (BAS) for their research on cosmogenic particles;
Zorigto Namsaraev and Josef Elster, for their study of the microbiology in the area, continuing the work of BELDIVA from last year;
Irina Gorodetskaya (KULeuven), for the preparation of the installation of meteorological instruments around the station.
In this capsule, these scientists take you with them in the field. You will thus be able to see Steve Roberts and Elie Verleyen take rock samples, while Josef Elster and Zorigto Namsaraev head to a cryoconite field to sample micro-organisms. We then accompany Irina Gorodetskaya, before going back to Steve and Elie on an icy lake at Utsteinen to conduct a radar survey.
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